Astro (Chilean band)

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Astro
Origin Santiago, Chile
Genres Indie rock, electronica, dream pop, neopsychedelia, experimental rock
Years active 2008–present
Labels Nacional Records
Associated acts Moustache!
Website www.astroastroastro.com
Members Andrés Nusser
Octavio Caviares
Nicolás Arancibia
Daniel Varas

Astro is an indie band from Santiago, Chile formed in 2008.

History[edit]

Formation (2008-2009)[edit]

Andrés Nusser and Octavio Caviares met at the Escuela Moderna de Música y Danza in Chile where they were enrolled as students.[1] The other members knew each other from the DJ scene in Santiago.[2] The band formed in 2008 when Nusser agreed to perform at a ski resort in southern Chile in exchange for a free 3-day stay there.[3] Unfortunately, Nusser did not actually have a band, so he formed one with Caviares and members of Moustache!, a duo made up of Nicolás Arancibia and Daniel Varas.[4] The band cites Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, Genesis, and MGMT as early influences on their music.[5][6]

In 2009, the band released its first EP titled Le Disc de Astrou. The next year the band performed at Vive Latino, the Mexican music festival.

Astro (2011-2013)[edit]

The quartet released its first full-length album, Astro, in 2011. Despite being entirely in Spanish, the album received attention from American music critics. NPR Music featured the album as part of its First Listen series in 2012.[7] Jasmine Garsd called Astro one of her favorite albums, referring to it as "infectiously cheery, lighthearted and danceable." She described them as musical cognates with American bands such as MGMT, Animal Collective, and Passion Pit.

In 2013, Astro performed at Lollapalooza.[8]

The song "Panda" was featured on the soundtrack of FIFA 13.[9]

Members[edit]

  • Andrés Nusser - vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Octavio Caviares - drums, percussion
  • Nicolás Arancibia (Lego Moustache) - bass, keyboards, percussion
  • Daniel Varas (Zeta Moustache) - keyboards, percussion

Discography[edit]

Albums

  • Astro (2011)

EPs

  • Le disc de Astrou (2009)

Singles

  • "Hawaii" (2013)
  • "Manglares" (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marisol García. "Biografía". Musica Popular. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  2. ^ Reed Johnson (2013-03-07). "Chile's pop music scene hits a new high, with Astro in its orbit". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  3. ^ Matías Gajardo. "Chilean rock band Astro seeks to thrive with independent style". Infosurhoy.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  4. ^ Marisol García. "Biografía". Musica Popular. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  5. ^ Reed Johnson (2013-03-07). "Chile's pop music scene hits a new high, with Astro in its orbit". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  6. ^ Matías Gajardo. "Chilean rock band Astro seeks to thrive with independent style". Infosurhoy.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  7. ^ Jasmine Garsd. "First Listen: Astro, 'Astro'". NPR Music. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  8. ^ Michael Lopez (2013-08-05). "Latinos At Lollapalooza 2013: Chile's Astro And RVSB Lit Up The Stage In Chicago". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
  9. ^ "Astro - Panda - FIFA 13 Soundtrack video". NME.com. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 

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